Sustainable clothes swap success

Sustainable Clothes Swap event

Last week (10-12 October) more than 100 people helped to slow down fast fashion by choosing to 'swap not shop' at our Sustainable Clothes Swaps.

On average 30 per cent of what's in our wardrobes hasn't been worn for over a year. Clothes swaps are a great way to fight fast fashion, which is creating an environmental crisis. The textile industry is responsible for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions and considered one of the most polluting industries in the world.

The clothes swaps were organised to give people the opportunity to see that second-hand doesn't mean second best and that you can easily update your wardrobe with no cost to you, or the environment.

Swappers were allowed to bring a maximum of 10 good-quality items to exchange for items of clothing that were new to them. The swaps were completely free to participate in and to help ensure that as many people could take part as possible, the three swap sessions were held during the evening, daytime and weekend.

More than 850 items were brought along to the events in total, and 60 per cent of the items were snapped up by the swappers. The clothes left over at the end of the third event were then divided into business, winter and summer clothes. Two sacks of business clothes were donated to DENS, a homelessness charity that helps to provide outfits for interviews; seven sacks of winter clothes were donated to a local charity shop, where they will be sold on for a good cause; and summer clothes were saved ready for the next Sustainable Clothes Swap in the spring.

The events were a great success and they will now be a permanent fixture each year in spring and autumn.

The spring swap will take place between 26 and 28 March 2020. More details will be announced nearer the time on our Clothes and textiles page.

Alternatively, if you would like to be added to our Clothes Swap mailing list to find out about future swaps in Dacorum, please email

Every year, Hertfordshire residents throw more than 7,000 tonnes of textiles into their grey bins, which goes to landfill. These items could have been reworn, repaired or recycled instead.

If you have items that aren't suitable to be swapped, please don't dispose of them in your normal household bin. The Love Your Clothes website has useful guides to help you repair clothes or remove stains. Alternatively, to find the location of your nearest textiles bin, please see our Recycling centres page.